Dion Horstmans

9 July to 4 August

Brenda May Gallery

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"Heavy Metal" brings together works from three ongoing series by Sydney sculptor, Dion Horstmans. Wall mounted and freestanding, Horstmans's multi-dimensional sculptures are crafted using precious and base metals. "Heavy Metal" includes works in gold, bronze, black nickel, copper, and steel.

Horstmans's obsession with contrasting ideas (flow and stasis, light and shadow) is built upon in "Heavy Metal" as he examines the notion of strength, weakness, and the passing of time. Malleable precious metals that will tarnish and corrode sit alongside Horstmans's trademark steel structures - a material renowned for its strength and longevity.

Shadow, the overarching theme in Horstmans's practice, transforms works and marks the passing of time; the impermanence of precious metals highlights this notion. Metallic lustres are exploited - areas are polished to produce brilliant illumination while others are left dull and raw. Light is captured and reflected, darkness is omnipresent and time is frozen in Horstmans's tangible, static shadows.

Traditional tribal patterns and motifs underpin Horstmans's entire body of work and these bold studies of line and shadow are a respectful nod to his Islander heritage. Shapes are revealed as the viewer moves around each work - a constant dynamism that embodies Horstmans's infinite energy.

Text by Harriet Morgan

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